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Sony A7R III vs Sony RX100 II

Portability
63
Imaging
78
Features
93
Overall
84
Sony Alpha A7R III front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II front
Portability
89
Imaging
51
Features
74
Overall
60

Sony A7R III vs Sony RX100 II Key Specs

Sony A7R III
(Full Review)
  • 42MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 32000 (Push to 102400)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 657g - 127 x 96 x 74mm
  • Revealed October 2017
  • Previous Model is Sony A7R II
  • Successor is Sony A7R IV
Sony RX100 II
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 160 - 12800 (Boost to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-100mm (F1.8-4.9) lens
  • 281g - 102 x 58 x 38mm
  • Launched June 2013
  • Earlier Model is Sony RX100
  • New Model is Sony RX100 III
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Sony A7R III vs Sony RX100 II Overview

Below, we are reviewing the Sony A7R III vs Sony RX100 II, one being a Pro Mirrorless and the other is a Large Sensor Compact and both of them are designed by Sony. There is a huge difference between the sensor resolutions of the A7R III (42MP) and RX100 II (20MP) and the A7R III (Full frame) and RX100 II (1") possess totally different sensor dimensions.

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The A7R III was launched 4 years later than the RX100 II and that is quite a significant gap as far as tech is concerned. Each of these cameras come with different body type with the Sony A7R III being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Sony RX100 II being a Large Sensor Compact camera.

Before delving in to a in depth comparison, below is a simple highlight of how the A7R III scores vs the RX100 II in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony A7R III over the Sony RX100 II

 A7R III RX100 II 
LaunchedOctober 2017June 2013More recent by 53 months
Display resolution1440k1229kClearer display (+211k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Sony RX100 II over the Sony A7R III

 RX100 II A7R III 

Common features in the Sony A7R III and Sony RX100 II

 A7R III RX100 II 
Focus manually Dial accurate focusing
Display typeTiltingTiltingTilting display
Display dimension3"3"Identical display sizing
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen

Sony A7R III vs Sony RX100 II Physical Comparison

In case you're aiming to lug around your camera frequently, you will have to think about its weight and volume. The Sony A7R III features outside dimensions of 127mm x 96mm x 74mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 2.9") along with a weight of 657 grams (1.45 lbs) and the Sony RX100 II has sizing of 102mm x 58mm x 38mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.5") along with a weight of 281 grams (0.62 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you use during that time. Below is the front view scale comparison of the A7R III versus the RX100 II.

Sony A7R III vs Sony RX100 II size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability grade of the A7R III and RX100 II is 63 and 89 respectively.

Sony A7R III vs Sony RX100 II top view buttons comparison

Sony A7R III vs Sony RX100 II Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is difficult to visualise the contrast between sensor measurements merely by checking a spec sheet. The graphic here should give you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the A7R III and RX100 II.

As you can see, both cameras posses different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The A7R III because of its larger sensor will make getting shallow depth of field less difficult and the Sony A7R III will resolve greater detail utilizing its extra 22MP. Greater resolution can also allow you to crop pics somewhat more aggressively. The fresher A7R III will have an edge when it comes to sensor tech.

Sony A7R III vs Sony RX100 II sensor size comparison

Sony A7R III vs Sony RX100 II Screen and ViewFinder

Sony A7R III vs Sony RX100 II Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony A7R III Portrait photography highlights
Sony RX100 II Portrait photography highlights
86
manual focus
high resolution (42MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
comes with face detect focus
exports RAW formats
70
you can focus manually
high flash sync (1/2,000s)
good resolution (20MP)
decent sensor size (1")
supports face detect focus
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Sony A7R III Street photography information
Sony RX100 II Street photography information
79
tilting screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
has focus by touch
environment proof
good ISO range (32,000)
85
screen tilts
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor size (1")
saves RAW files
lighter than competition in class (281g)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Sony A7R III
Sports photography with Sony RX100 II
89
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
high resolution (42MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
comes with tracking focus
environment proof
great battery power (650 shots)
has phase detect auto focus
67
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (20MP)
decent sensor size (1")
supports tracking focus
good battery (350 CIPA)
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Sony A7R III
Travel photography with Sony RX100 II
74
great battery power (650 per charge)
environment proof
has bluetooth
has focus by touch
high resolution (42MP)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
80
good battery (350 CIPA)
lighter than competition in class (281g)
good resolution (20MP)
flash built-in
quite wide (28mm)
great max aperture (f1.8)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Sony A7R III
Landscape photography with Sony RX100 II
87
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Sony E mount)
good sized screen (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
high resolution (42 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
doesnt have low pass filter
good ISO range (32,000)
exports RAW formats
environment proof
great battery power (650 CIPA)
has dual storage slots
74
you can focus manually
quite wide (28mm)
great max aperture (f1.8)
screen size is good (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (20MP)
decent sensor size (1")
saves RAW files
good battery (350 shots)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony A7R III as a Vlogging camera
Sony RX100 II as a Vlogging camera
37
touchscreen functionality
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
comes with face detect focus
high res video (3840 x 2160 resolution)
has microphone jack
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
37
quite wide (28mm)
great max aperture (f1.8)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition in class (281 grams)
display isn't selfie friendly
missing mic support
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Sony A7R III vs Sony RX100 II Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony A7R III and Sony RX100 II
 Sony Alpha A7R IIISony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II
General Information
Make Sony Sony
Model Sony Alpha A7R III Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II
Class Pro Mirrorless Large Sensor Compact
Revealed 2017-10-25 2013-06-27
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Bionz X -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Full frame 1"
Sensor dimensions 35.9 x 24mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor surface area 861.6mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 42 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 7952 x 5304 5472 x 3648
Maximum native ISO 32000 12800
Maximum boosted ISO 102400 25600
Min native ISO 100 160
RAW photos
Min boosted ISO 50 100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 425 25
Lens
Lens mount Sony E fixed lens
Lens focal range - 28-100mm (3.6x)
Largest aperture - f/1.8-4.9
Macro focus range - 5cm
Available lenses 121 -
Crop factor 1 2.7
Screen
Display type Tilting Tilting
Display size 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 1,440 thousand dots 1,229 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display technology - Xtra Fine WhiteMagic TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic (optional)
Viewfinder resolution 3,686 thousand dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.78x -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting rate 10.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range no built-in flash 15.00 m (ISO Auto (W))
Flash settings Off, Auto, Fill-flash, Slow Sync, Rear Sync, Red-eye reduction, Wireless, Hi-speed sync Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize - 1/2000s
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 3.1 Gen 1(5 GBit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 657 gr (1.45 lbs) 281 gr (0.62 lbs)
Dimensions 127 x 96 x 74mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 2.9") 102 x 58 x 38mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 100 67
DXO Color Depth score 26.0 22.5
DXO Dynamic range score 14.7 12.4
DXO Low light score 3523 483
Other
Battery life 650 pictures 350 pictures
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NP-FZ100 NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec; continuous (3 or 5 exposures)) Yes (10 sec. / 2 sec. / Self-portrait One-person/ Self-portrait Two-person/ Self timer Continuous (3 or 5 shots))
Time lapse recording With downloadable app
Type of storage Two SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II support on one) SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Card slots Two Single
Price at launch $2,800 $598